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Is Marijuana Healthy for You?

Posted in Crime,Health,Life,Science by Elliott Back on June 2nd, 2008.

As you know, Marijuana or Cannabis is illegal drug in the US with medical properties that have made the subject of much recent research. With over 69 million Americans over the age of 12 who have tried Marijuana, it is by far the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States.

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Did you know that:

  • Marijuana contains more than 400 chemicals, including most of the harmful substances found in tobacco smoke. Smoking one marijuana cigarette deposits about four times more tar into the lungs than a filtered tobacco cigarette. (Drug Enforcement Administration)
  • Risk of a heart attack is five times higher than usual in the hour after smoking marijuana. (Harvard University, Marijuana & Heart Attacks, Washington Post, 3/3/2000)
  • Reaction time for motor skills, such as driving, is reduced by 41% after smoking one joint and is reduced 63% after smoking two joints.

Still, there is substantial belief that Marijuana is harmless or that it is valuable as a therapeutic drug for cancer, AIDS, or depression. There is some evidence that a synthetic cannabinoid derived from THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) named Dronabinol, can help with Alzheimer in the elderly. The most common reason for a “legal prescription” of Marijuana (the so-called medical marijuana legal in California) is to relieve pain.

Reuters today reported on a story that will make you cringe, though. Heavy marijuana use shrinks brain talks about a study published in the American Medical Association’s journal Archives of General Psychiatry by two Australian researchers looking at men who had smoked at least five joints a day for 20 years. Brain scans indicated their hippocampus and amygdala were smaller compared to nonusers:

The hippocampus regulates memory and emotion, while the amygdala plays a critical role in fear and aggression.

“These findings challenge the widespread perception of cannabis as having limited or no harmful effects on (the) brain and behavior,” said Murat Yucel of ORYGEN Research Centre and the University of Melbourne, who led the study. “Like with most things, some people will experience greater problems associated with cannabis use than others,” Yucel said in an e-mail. “Our findings suggest that everyone is vulnerable to potential changes in the brain, some memory problems and psychiatric symptoms if they use heavily enough and for long enough.”

Among the 15 heavy marijuana users in the study, the hippocampus volume was 12 percent less and the amygdala volume was 7 percent less than in 16 men who were not marijuana users, the researchers said.

Criticism of the study centers around the fact that these men are extremely heavy users; had they been smokers or alcoholics, the effects would certainly have been more pronounced. Note that I am not a medical doctor, and this cannot constitute medical advice, but my opinion on Marijuana would be to generally avoid it. It’s clear that it’s harmless in moderation and small amounts, but over time it seems as if it can have profound effects, dumbing down your brain and numbing your nervous system. What do you think? Is there a cost, and is it worth it?

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67 Responses to “Is Marijuana Healthy for You?”

  1. Pixel cube says:

    It’s sad… So many lies. It’s just ****** lies. Marijuana is healthy. It stimulates the brain cells, not killing brain cells. No one have ever died from it. How can alcohol and cigarettes be legal if marijuana is illegal. It’s a fucked up world we live in.

  2. Rinats says:

    Befored I used to think that weed is really bad drug, and haven’t smoked it. In 18- nearly 19 years I first tried a bit of weed, it was okay, i was laughing, the second and third time too. But after that I just get stoned, never get high anymore, I tried both sorts of weed and they make me sleepy, I just feel calm, and sleepy. It is still better then getting drunk in my opinion, but I experienced another problem on top of falling asleep, I feel kinda careless for about 2 weeks after smoking weed, it is hard to get in my normal routine. I noticed that after 4 months pause of smoking weed, and then couple days smoking, after a week without smoking i still felt kinda stupid, I keep forgetting simple things like flushing the toilet. But after time it goes back.
    Any tips? sometimes falling asleep is annoying, but enjoyable as I have sleep problems.

    • Spencer says:

      Ur dumb I smoke weed for three years u smoke for a week and forget to flush the toilet I’ve never forgotten how to flush the toilet maybe u smoked like crack

  3. Jlala says:

    Congratulations on this article, you’ve successfully proved how many lies about marijuana there are. Do your research you’ll find that there are more positives than negatives to the jolly green giant. Fact.

  4. Phil says:

    I have read most of this posts! I have smoked weed just a few times in my life! Most of the times i got a bad trip but i believe is the type of weed i bought (some dodgy people out there) plus my psychology! I am really active and have a very good diet with rice, pulses, vegetables, fruits & meat every now and then (when i go out)!

    My question is: except the fact that you can relax (which can also be achieved while being sober), get nice ideas or write a poem etc…does using cannabis give you any other benefits and how it differs as to how you are using it? Ex. Having an orange gives you vitamin C

    I am not so interested in the “getting high” part but to see if i can benefit in another way! Please share your thoughts, opinions to my question :)

    All the very best and for myself i believe (like all the things in life) having control (without getting forced to do so) is best than using something in excess! That is what helps myself :)

    • DevynThe13YearOld says:

      dude im not being a jerk but ur kinda dumb, when you smoke weed you get high and or stoned you do not tripp so technically you cannot have a bad tripp when smoking marijuana so either you havnt smoked weed or your just dumb…………dont take this offensive

      • Gingerbread Man says:

        Smoking marijuana does not shrink your brain or make you dumb. Even if one compared brains of people who smk THC heavily vs. those that don’t. It’s not conclusive. A study of an adult brain prior to cannibus use, and after 10 years of heavy use would need to be propely conducted.
        Come on man, the D.E.A. say over 400 chemicals & 4xs the tar found in weed. It’s the D.E.A.! It’s their job to stretch an opinion to appear factual in order to promote job security for themselves. I felt tobacco tar, it hurts. Marijuana tar is sweet, its good & you can smoke the tar by itself (hash). Those 400 chemicals = over 400 strands of flavor.
        Honestly, I’ve smoked, & I’ve went years without smoking. I like to smoke weed, it makes me feel better. It helps me feel good, concentrate, and behave with wisdom.

  5. Adam says:

    everyone knows smoking anything isn’t healthy, but everyone has their right to chose to do harmful things to themselves. If it weren’t then being obese would be illegal and the ceo’s of mcdonalds would be in prison. What matters is the benefits people gain from it. For me I gain peace of mind and become less hateful, should me being that way really be illegal?

  6. Random Me says:

    They have just done a test on people who smoke 1 dubie a week or a little more and found that it does no damage to your lungs, it’s actually good for you. It is more health if you eat it and dont smoke it but either way, it dose not really harm you unless you really use it.

  7. Justin says:

    Hello i just wanted to that i have been smoking for the past 7 years and im in my last year in high school i make straigh A’s and im starting on my varsity football i smoke everyday before school and before pratice and it only helps me get through my day idk what the **** i would do with out weed!!!!!!!

  8. STONERSTEVE says:

    **** OFF!
    SMOKE WEED EVERYDAY!

    • DevynThe13YearOld says:

      YEAHH MAFaCKAh

      i cant stand reading **** about dumb lies about weed theres nothing wrong with smoking somthing to make you feel better why do you think some doctors prescribe the damn stuff

  9. Me says:

    Bullshit

  10. Jordan says:

    This is so retarded, I read a couple of lines at the top of this page and my Jaw dropped. Seeing how I ACTUALLY run REAL tests on Marijuana, and a lot of these facts are fake, idk what this is, but im thinking this website is ran by the government, am I surprised?? hell no. The gov. owns everything. Dont let them fool you ppl, Marijuana is actually healthy for you, removing extra mucus that is unhealthy, is one of them.

    • Chris says:

      This is BS Marijuana is a non-addictive and not completly but still healthy for you probably more healthy then a average meal most people eat these days it helps with anxiety, like jordan said getting rid of extra mucus, it help people sleep also most people who smoke up once in a while dont go driving afterwards you can’t blame a plant for a dumb *** that does dumb **** i toke and chill on my couch were i don’t have to do anything if anything it makes you less likely to go dring 5 beers or 10 shots at the bar cause your to drowzy to go anywhere so you actully helping yourself at that point.

      • Anonymous says:

        I wish people who wrote these things understood the effect their syntax and words can have, marijuana “smoke” contains 400 chemicals some of which are carcinogen not marijuana which contains less [in plant form]. Reword please, also the Harvard study while fact is still very insubstantial as it only shows a correlation between marijuana and cardiovascular health; for instance it would be arrogant to claim enough studies had been run to prove a causation as the cardiovascular system is immensely complex and more research is warranted, in essence the jury is still out. Also a four-fold deposit of tar in the lungs is entirely inaccurate, they assumed from what they read that was true, the point they meant to say was that marijuana smokers tend to hold in their smoke about four times longer than those who smoke cigarettes resulting in increased tar deposits. Also marijuana may reduce reaction speeds slightly but not by the numbers they quoted, many people are still fully capable of accomplishing the same tasks they normally would do without being under the influence. As for cancer the main chemical THC has been proven in lab studies to have strong anti-tumor effects, however in a non-environment controlled situation such as sitting at home lighting up a joint its effectiveness has not ben studied, in my opinion though it will still be effective as such. Also for the cancer part in argument against marijuana for those of you saying marijuana has never given someone cancer this is most likely impossible to validate as it would be very hard indeed to “prove” the causation of particular cancers. And for the brain shrinkage I would like to see the studies as I haven’t but I have heard rumors of a published study that shows THC and other cannibinols actively promote neuron growth or neurogenesis. However this would all have to be my opinion and you are certainly entitled to your own, so please do your own research and make your own beliefs. But please be accurate, in what you quote.

  11. hfdjkashvdjklhafdklfhdkl says:

    Im just going to address EVERYONE:

    I will be impressed if someone actually emails me answers. Might even mail you personally with $5 or something.

    Has anyone ever thought about NOT using ANYTHING(drugs, cigs, alchohol, etc)?

    Has anyone ever thought about a different reason as to why marajuana is being created everyday?

    Has anyone compared past years of NO marajuana to the days WITH marajuana to see if today is better because of it?

    Are there actual facts on the internet about marajuana?

    Are all these comments on this site actual facts of peoples lives about their use of marajuana?

    Is it possible to actually prove that these comments are true?

    Can a “lie” easily be made by the common individual about their positive experiences using marajuana? or vice versa(negative)?

    Has anyone ever accomplished anything to significantly change a significant amount of peoples lives with NO use of marajuana?

    Do people actually NEED marajuana?

    Is there ANY other way to improve a life WITHOUT marajuana?

    Is there a SLIGHT risk in the use of marajuana physically and mentally?

    Is there ANY sort of risk NOT using marajuana?

    Can a person achieve fun or pleasure WITHOUT marajuana?

    Can smoking marajuana cause a bond between your body and the substance?

    If so, would that cause harmful physical or mental longterm effects?

    Would the occurance of NOT using marajuana after being a marajuana user effect your ability to do normal activities?

    If so, would that mean buying marajuana would become a necessity?

    Humans need food and water to survive. Is it possible that if humans over use marajuana, humans might need food, water and marajuana to survive well?

    If so, would that mean food would most likely have to be injected with marajuana for your normal diet?

    Is there a point in futhuring humanity with positive results using marajuana?

    Would you personally want everyone in the world to use marajuana on a normal basis?

    Do you personally think it will further humanity with positive results?

    Do celebrities who you think smoke marajuana effect your decision on whether it is healthy or unhealthy to use?

    Can being addicted to marajuana blind you from the truth of actually being addicted?

    Can an addiction occur even?

    Could your opinion on whether it can be an addiction, be affected by your own strong belief in marajuana because it provided you with ONE minor success in your life?

    Can smoking marajuana trick you into believing you are still in present time and reality?

    Is there any proof that shows there is a significant difference between a regular life WITHOUT marajuana and a life WITH marajuana?

    Who discovered marajuana?

    Why is it not legalized?

    Why do YOU think it is not legalized?

    Does marajuana harm creativity?

    Does it stimulate creativity?

    Is it your own creativity?

    Or is it creating creativity for you?

    If so, does that mean it is actually NOT creativity being stimulated by yourself?

    Can anyone reach as much creativity WITHOUT marajuana?

    Are cigarettes more harmful than marajuana?

    Do cigarettes kill more than marajuana?

    Do you think cigarettes should be illegal?

    Should alchohol be illegal?

    Is marajuana a quick way to temporarily remove pain?

    Is there a longer way to remove pain permanently?
    Is there a quick way?

    Do you think marajuana should only be used for extreme medical purposes?

    Do you think depression is real?

    Do you think depression is stimulated out of no where?

    Do you think there is usually something painful that occurs in someones life to cause depression?

    If so, does that mean someone can handle that pain without marajuana?

    Have you ever met anyone who has NEVER tried marajuana ever? or even alchahol or cigarettes for that matter?

    Have you ever met someone who is happy? Were they happy because of marajuana?

    Has someone NOT HIGH at the time ever told you they were happier because of marajuana?

    Do you think marajuana just negatively effects certain people?

    If so, do you think the majority of people in the world will benefit from marajuana?

    Do you think people act stupidly towards others when they are high?

    Have you ever hung around anyone high when you are not?

    Did pier pressure make you do it?

    Do you think pier pressure is why most people start?

    Why did get you into marajuana?

    Do you think you were sexually influenced?

    Do you think marajuana is a personal drug?

    Is it a selfish drug?

    Do you think it smells like skunk?

    if so,Do skunks smell good to you?

    if so, When you smell a skunk around do you think someone is getting high with Pepe Le Pew?

    (If you dont know the cartoon character Pepe Le Pew, look him up.)

    Do you think higher and more powerful people who control the world want you to smoke marajuana for their own greedy selves?

    Is that why marajuana is so accessible? Because they want you to smoke it?

    Do you think that they think it will stop you from thinking?

    Do they not want you to think because if you did a movement against them would break out?

    But then why is it illegal? If they did want us to smoke it then why is it not legal?

    Are they smart enough to see that teenagers rebel against law?

    That marajuana is addictive enough for a person to not even care for its illegal activity?

    Did the motion picture Pineapple Express give you assurance that marajuana cannot harm you?

    Are you stubborn enough to not be swayed into wanting marajuana or NOT wanting marajuana even if facts were presented before you?

    Do you care if marajuana does effect the entire world negatively except you and your closest friends and family?

    Would you rather use your $80 for grams of weed instead of a week worth of food and water?

    Did a close family member get cured of something because of marajuana?

    If so, did that effect your decision on using it regularly?

    Do you think it should be used even if you are already healthy physically and mentally?

    Does boredom stimulate the use of it for you?

    Are you bored alot?

    Are you alone alot?

    Are you bored and alone alot?

    If so, why are you bored?

    Is there a different way to relieve bordom without marajuana?

    And if you are bored, does that mean you want something interesting to happen?

    Can you not do things that will get rid of your boredom?

    Do you need money to get rid of your boredom?

    Does that say something about the money system?

    Does having a money system control society and limit the amount of freedom people have?

    Do you need money to live or is it harder to live without money?

    Does marajuana make everything enjoyable and not boring?

    Is *** better with it?

    Do you learn more with the use of marajuana?

    Do you constantly find positive effects to back up why you use marajuana?

    Do you think all the longterm positive effects in your life are caused by marajuana? Name one positive effect.

    If listed, is that positive effect still in effect, when you are not high?

    Are you angry with these questions?

    LAST QUESTION:

    Whats your favorite movie, musical artist, book, sports team, etc?

    P.S. I was NOT high as hell while typing these out.

    guerinstudio@gmail.com

  12. your mom says:

    i cant believe they would even put this **** on here or that people actually believe this ****

  13. stoned 24/7 says:

    Dude,

    1stly, this is pure bullshit.

    The DEA? Are you serious? Thats who your quoting? Right…The DEA are what the RSPCA is to the FBI…

    2ndly. There has been 0 recorded deaths, diagnosis of cancer and has the least rate of crimes under the influence of. Alcohol and cigarettes kill thousands of people every day, causes fights, accidents, break familys, all from their effect on the user. Marajuana users suffer because of the reputation of the drug.

    I am a regular smoker (daily). I smoke around 3 joints a day usually. I am well known to be highly intelligent, well presentable, well mannered and very employable. I profess in my current career, A.I Programmer and Web Designer, and I have smoked for the last 6 years of my life. My doctor has diagnosed me as a perfectly healthy 20 year old, and my dentist has no problem but one filling with my teeth. I have no problems with maintaining healthy relationships with people and have had an active love life. My mother and two sisters smoke just as regularly as I do. One is a student in university and studying Human Resource Managment. The other is studying Buisiness with Computing. My mother runs her own business and is doing very well, its in the child care area of work. So I fail to see any example of the supposed use of marajuana making you ill-fit for society or decreasing your potential to function and think at your usual and normal capacity and if not improve on that.

    In short: **** YOU OP!

  14. potttttttttttt says:

    Hahahahaha this article males me laugh so hard. Let’s take a look at the real facts: no one has ever died from marijuana while 85,000 people die a year from alcohol and way more from cigarettes. There is not one recorded case of lung cancer solely from marijuana use. Four times as much tar? Good one buddy. And as far as it shrinking your brain that’s just utter nonsense. Jesus Christ people are so ******* dumb.

  15. isaiah says:

    Smoking one marijuana cigarette deposits about four times more tar into the lungs than a filtered tobacco cigarette…..BULLSHIT

    • L.S. Dorian says:

      please spread more bullshit thanks

      • urban says:

        OMFG you are so smart and more inteligent then we are …
        Have you ever tried weed???
        Probably no.
        You have no prof and be near you or smoke weed, believe me i would die listening to you, talking about marijuana before dying of weed it self!
        Stop posting **** and ******* peoples minds what everything weed does its a ******* ideological thing to talk about it and you are definitely not the right guy to shitface people.
        “Stoned 24/7″ made with a comment all clear and nice i am just kind of supporting him…

  16. William says:

    There’s no doubt in my mind that marijuana is both bad for your lungs and skin, but also can be extremely mind-opening, socially stimulative, and mentally healing. My approach is to smoke it only occasionally and try to play catch-up afterward in terms of maintaining healthy nutrition and exercise to physically recover. Antioxidants and vitamins in fruits, vegetables, supplements, and even raw or organic/fortified milk will help your body recover. This is something I’d want to do normally, but I find health and life in general more interesting and fun when I occasionally let my mind relax and roam free under the influence of marijuana.

    • Joe says:

      This is also what I do. It’s pretty neat to meet someone else who has this same approach. I find that by doing this, I’m sharper than a lot of pot-smoking friends of mine, but also I get affected (in the good way of having a better high, but also in the bad way of having more cravings after) more than my regular pot-smoking friends. Do you experience similar things?

  17. john says:

    I believe part of your argument is somewhat invalid. Brain size has no involvement in general brain use and its abilities.

  18. giggles says:

    Well ive tried it a few times and wasnt impressed but i think if ppl want to get high then its whatever. Just like ppl before me have said, anything in excess is bad for you. So those studies dont prove anything more than that.

  19. Captaintoke says:

    Hello. I’m high as im typing this and i feel pretty dandy :D

  20. Know says:

    There Let you smoke cigs chew the **** drink beer and every thing elese but people allways put weed down but when **** gets bad such as cancer aids and ect.. they run to weed for med ummm ive never herd of some one haveing cancer and the doc givein them a beer.

  21. AJ says:

    Using cannabis cannot give you cance. In fact it is a valuable treatment. Youtube – RUN FROM THE CURE

  22. gaunga says:

    i have just started using weed for constipation, i cook it up like tea and it seems to help for my stomac this stuf is great.

  23. 5tar5babi says:

    i agree wit everyone
    i think it should be legal since cigerattes are legal

  24. super smoker says:

    Seno is one smart stoner. If he really wrote that high then he should be a lawyer cuz he sure convinced me that weed isnt that bad. I love smokin and always will. Legalize the herb Obama

  25. Art says:

    Smoking weed once a week has helped me mentaly and emotionaly. I have more fun when I smoke and it also gets me to mentaly face problems that I run away from. I was also addicted to video games but after I smoke i feel more calm and can just relax rather than always having to do something.

    One prob I have is sometimes im too relaxed in the few days following but i still exercise quite a bit and while anything in exces is bad for you weed, which is a plant, is probably no where near as bad for you as 99% of the chemicals people put in their body everyday legaly, even if the strong effects of THC may seem like weed is a lot worse for you it probably isnt and this whole article seems like fear mongering rather than anything legit

  26. weedman4lyfe says:

    i have been smoking weed for the past 4 years, i have been expelled from school, my parents have disowned me and i moved out. i still smoke everyday knowing that one of many Gods gifts to earth is marajuana, it is grown naturally and pure, AK-47, Bubblegum cush, northern lights, stenzy star, purple haze, white widow, it is all the gifts from above. alcohol is man made and kills brain cells, marajuana only damages brain cells, but what people dont know, damaged brain cells can be repaired. weed for life

  27. daniel says:

    weed is the best..it saved my education..before i smoked weed i would fall asleep in class all the time. However since last year, i been smoking bud before class and the results has been excellent. yeah you smoke weed to get a lil buzz in class, makes everything the lecturer says would sound amazing and u pay attention way more. But of course if you get way too smashed then just go home haha.

  28. Ada says:

    All this is very true, but I understand there are certain medical cases where marijuana is one of the few solutions to help ease pain and we shouldn’t deny legal marijuana to these people. But for everyone using the drug to simply get high our only hope is to improve education so that future generations will not succumb to this unhealthy lifestyle. The war on drugs will ultimately never be won; it is just costing endless money and resources with no results, so better education is our only hope.

  29. Raine says:

    if my partner smokes weed and i dont but become pregnant, will this sperm cause my child to have a disorder?

  30. Cannabis Maximus says:

    Marijauna is a very safe drug, it is a natural substane that can be passed through the body. Ive past test on Marujauna, as well as right music and books. marijauna has given me ambitous thoughts about persuing my career in acting, its has also made focus more when i drive by not passin the speed limit just because it seems too fast. whomever wrote this article is a liar and should be ashamed. I love weed and I will continue to smoke it for the rest of my natural life. Those who choose to smoke for the first time make its with someone who has done it before, and also make sure its not too much, but just enough so that you can relax and listen to you're most favorite songs. Marijuana changed my life!

  31. semenax says:

    One thing is for sure….it's bad for fertility, especially man. It can cause your sperm oxydate.

  32. Likotha says:

    I have been a marijuana fan, a medical doctor practising medicine, critical medicine for more than 15 years… I have never encountered any obstacle using this. And on top of that, I can just wait for months and years till I get the best stuff, not those business market, just from the bushes. So I feel the physical dependance for cannabis is minimal in comparison to Tea, Coffee, Cigerretes, Alcohol, hatred, anger, and the rubish human mind develop. It sobers your mind and make you steady and aware. Wonderful nature's medicine. You may see during the spring the spiritual meditators in Himalayas get down towards the delta to collect good grass.

  33. Likotha says:

    I have been a musicion for more than two decades, I met musicians using smoke and alcohol. But cannabis is very much towards creativity

  34. Likotha says:

    Cannabis is one of the medicines in the world. Well, using any thing excessively is harmful. Cannabis stimulates the spiritual mind of a person where as alcohol diminishes it. And creativeness is more prominent with canabis than other slimulants.

  35. Gill says:

    Do we still ask ourselves this kind of questions? Do we need scientific researches to tell us that smoke in our lungs is bad? I think this is a sign of ignorance. Yes, marijuana is bad for health, I know this for a fact because I tried it in the past. I didn't had to check into drug rehab centers to stop using the drug, I just stopped because I felt it does no good.

    • Ganja Queen says:

      Ya know weed isnt really that harmful. You just smoked some dirt weed and got turned away from it. But other than that i doubt you’ve ever even been high because the euphoria weed gives you is unforgettable.

    • LMAO says:

      You didn’t have to check in to a drug rehab center cause no one does.. It’s not addictive like they want you to think. Nor is it particularly more harmful than inhaling any other substance in a smoke form. **** you.

  36. Jed Baguio says:

    OK how about this thought =
    “EVERYTHING DONE TOO MUCH CAN CAUSE SEVERE PROBLEMS”…

    everyone agrees water is gud for you… BUT try taking like 5-10 litters a day I can guarantee ull overload ur heart, piss away ur nutrients… and u can have gud chance u can go blind coz of the tiny capilliaries in ur eyes cannot hold the water volume..

    got it?

    now the question… moderate use is near to harmless… now the question is:

    Smoking marijuana is fun… am I willing to pay the price of little danger it can POTENTIALLY do if used sparingl?

    answers: HELL YEAH!!! WEED HIGH IS A MIND TRIP!!! It makes u happy, boost ur creativity and gives u perception on things….

    Last Note: George Carlin was one of the best stand up comedian / philosopher of our age… and he advocates it coz it gives u different perspective on things and opens ur mind!.. Rest in peace George, you'll be missed…

  37. xx says:

    This information is wrong. Many scientists have actually found marijuana to be helpful with ADHD and ADD in teens. and weed has chemicals that slow down cancerous cells.

  38. Anonamious says:

    Thank you for this information. Some people very close to me think that it is healthy and a herb but now I can prove them wornge.

    Thank you again.

    • LMAO says:

      LMMFAO. You can prove them wornge? Really, Anonamious? And they say MARIJUANA shrinks the brain; try just bad genetics, bred over and over through generations of backwater rednecks..

  39. weedy says:

    i just wanted to know about the dangers of weed, because me and ma boy finish a bankie a day

    • rc says:

      weed isnt dangerous listen i smoke atleast 5 to 6 Ls a day and i love every second of it im a collegiate athlete and it doesnt slow me down like those damn cigarettes do, quit cigarettes and open up as ****** company that sells weed in cigg packs that would single handedly be the greatest thing all time

  40. Cant say says:

    I’ve been smoking weed for about 3 years. The amount is probably a blunt a day. I have never had any problems with my emotions. My grades have also stayed pretty high at A- average. So i think that smoking weed everyday varies between each person. Note that I am only 16 years old.

  41. titan says:

    Its dangerous leaf to me. I will avoid that.

  42. hahahah says:

    Marijuana smoke does contain 4 times more chemicals that can cause cancer then cigarettes, but it also contains THC and other cannaboids which slow down cancer growth unlike nicotine which premotes cancer growth. Weed may have more cancer causeing chemicals, but it doesnt cause more cancer then cigarettes do, as for marijuana shnking the brain, in a recent study it showed that a synthetic cannaboid, when administered to rats, acctually promoted brain growth and after long pirods of being haigh, the rats brains were growing 40% faster then normal. tests were done on people when they were high and whe they were sober, when a person was high, they scored higher on thier SATs, had a higher sperm count and scored higher on a memory test.

  43. aaheroe says:

    in Aceh ( a province in Indonesia ) marijuana used for food flavour , it make food more delicious and nothing happen with human, not make you drunk . because they used marijuana in small quantity for food flavour like you give pepper to your food

  44. Mat Collins says:

    @Matt
    Well said.

  45. Matt says:

    Hey–

    Interesting and well researched post. Just one comment regarding some of your opening stats.

    Yes, smoking one marijuana “joint” is four times as cancerous as a tobaccp “joint”, but you have to look at the volume and habit of the marijuana in use.

    More often than not, well more than the average, a joint has less marijuana in it than tobacco in a cigarette. Thus, even if a person were to smoke an entire joint themselves, they wouldn’t be putting substances equal to “four cancerous cigarettes” in them.

    Furthermore, most joints are passed around between two or more people (however, lets not kid ourselves as we all know individuals are capable of great things…. depending on how you define great). This splits that equation up even less — most people don’t finish a joint (which we already decided on average is smaller than a cigarette) but what do you do with cigarettes? you *chain* smoke. Even you smoke a joint (or two) in a day, most people that smoke go through more than double that in a day.

    Most people stop after minimal amounts of marijuana, but that is not the case with tobacco.

    Something to consider.

    • seno says:

      Yeah. You’re right Matt, and well thought out. But what was that the D.E.A. claimed again? A single marijuana joint contains more tar than four cigs? I don’t think that’s even true at all. One of those ******* drug scare tactics.
      As we may or may not have learned in school the “tar” that is in cigarettes is an additive. As well as all of the other bullshit cigarette companies get away with selling legally. The goverment will let people smoke rat poisioning, nicotine, ammonia, bat feces, TAR, and all kinds of fucked up chemicals. Most street dealers who homegrow it don’t add anything in their product because the plant gives the consumer the effect they want, without poisonous additives that our moms clean with.

      Like matt said in the first place marijuana is passed around amongst several people. Like alcohol, or even illegal psychoactives such as ecstasy, it’s mostly a social drug.

      Whenever anyone reads a research report on marijuana they always see the negative results of people who are super heavy users of marijuana. But like with any and everything, something we used or do in the excess can be harmful. Yet strangely enough most researchers fail to mention that in their reported claim about marijuana. And if they do, the person reading the report automatically classifies anyone who smokes marijuana a heavy user.

      And again refering to Matt’s well thought out argument, most people smoke a small amount of marijuana. Just enough to feel the euphoric high it gives the consumer. As for a cigarette, the head rush tobacco gives is gone quicker than the cigarette is, so they smoke multiple amounts to keep that relaxing feeling going.

      So a person actually may end up smoking more than one cigarette, this is not the case for marijuana.

      Think about it….

    • seno says:

      KYeah. You’re right Matt, and well thought out. But what was that the D.E.A. claimed again? A single marijuana joint contains more tar than four cigs? I don’t think that’s even true at all. One of those ******* drug scare tactics.
      As we may or may not have learned in school the “tar” that is in cigarettes is an additive. As well as all of the other bullshit cigarette companies get away with selling legally. The goverment will let people smoke rat poisioning, nicotine, ammonia, bat feces, TAR, and all kinds of fucked up chemicals. Most street dealers who homegrow it don’t add anything in their product because the plant gives the consumer the effect they want, without poisonous additives that our moms clean with.

      Like matt said in the first place marijuana is passed around amongst several people. Like alcohol, or even illegal psychoactives such as ecstasy, it’s mostly a social drug.

      Whenever anyone reads a research report on marijuana they always see the negative results of people who are super heavy users of marijuana. But like with any and everything, something we used or do in the excess can be harmful. Yet strangely enough most researchers fail to mention that in their reported claim about marijuana. And if they do, the person reading the report automatically classifies anyone who smokes marijuana a heavy user.

      And again refering to Matt’s well thought out argument, most people smoke a small amount of marijuana. Just enough to feel the euphoric high it gives the consumer. As for a cigarette, the head rush tobacco gives is gone quicker than the cigarette is, so they smoke multiple amounts to keep that relaxing feeling going.

      So a person actually may end up smoking more than one cigarette, this is not the case for marijuana.

      Think about it….

    • seno says:

      Yeah. You’re right Matt, and well thought out. But what was that the D.E.A. claimed again? A single marijuana joint contains more tar than four cigs? I don’t think that’s even true at all. One of those ******* drug scare tactics.
      As we may or may not have learned in school the “tar” that is in cigarettes is an additive. As well as all of the other bullshit cigarette companies get away with selling legally. The goverment will let people smoke rat poisioning, nicotine, ammonia, bat feces, TAR, and all kinds of fucked up chemicals. Most street dealers who homegrow it don’t add anything in their product because the plant gives the consumer the effect they want, without poisonous additives that our moms clean with.

      Like matt said in the first place marijuana is passed around amongst several people. Like alcohol, or even illegal psychoactives such as ecstasy, it’s mostly a social drug.

      Whenever anyone reads a research report on marijuana they always see the negative results of people who are super heavy users of marijuana. But like with any and everything, something we used or do in the excess can be harmful. Yet strangely enough most researchers fail to mention that in their reported claim about marijuana. And if they do, the person reading the report automatically classifies anyone who smokes marijuana a heavy user.

      And again refering to Matt’s well thought out argument, most people smoke a small amount of marijuana. Just enough to feel the euphoric high it gives the consumer. As for a cigarette, the head rush tobacco gives is gone quicker than the cigarette is, so they smoke multiple amounts to keep that relaxing feeling going.

      So a person actually may end up smoking more than one cigarette, this is not the case for marijuana.

      Think about it…

      P.S. I was high as hell when I wrote this.

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